Tests carried out by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) might have revealed new illegal software
14 November 2016

Audi models using automatic gearboxes could feature illegal emissions cheating software if findings made by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) are accurate.

The research, which has been increased following the emissions scandal of Audi parent company Volkswagen, found that automatic gearbox software adjusts the way gears are selected if a car is subjected to test conditions, where the steering wheel remains perfectly straight.

According to Automotive News Europe, this ‘dynamic shift’ software, which is designed to adjust shift patterns to best suit driving scenarios, has been used in Audi automatic models sold in Europe and the US with petrol and diesel engines for years.

Audi revealed to Autocar that following the allegations it has explained “the technical background on dynamic shift programs to the German Federal Motor Transport Authority [Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt, KBA],” and has “provided the KBA with technical information”.

“In the testing situation of a test bench, dynamic shift programs can lead to incorrect readings and results that cannot be reproduced,” it added. “This needs to be taken into account in test bench mode for all OEMs.”

The US investigation is ongoing, and Audi confirmed more conversations with the KBA would follow. It concluded, “Please understand that in light of ongoing discussions with regulators in the United States, we cannot comment further at this time.”

Along with other brands of the Volkswagen Group, Audi has been investigated as part of the Dieselgate scandal. Ex-engine boss Stefan Knirsch quit in September amid accusations he was involved in the scandal, and the brand has undergone big changes to its motorsport and road car development programmes as Volkswagen looks to cut costs and clean up its image.

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14 November 2016
Yet again VW products found to fitted with cheat deices. Autocar Autoexpress keep heaping praise on this companies cars WHY I ask

14 November 2016
Antony Riley wrote:

Yet again VW products found to fitted with cheat deices. Autocar Autoexpress keep heaping praise on this companies cars WHY I ask

Because they have soft feel allegedly high quality interiors and an uber marketing dept. That's about it. LOL

14 November 2016
How much more must come out before Customers in Europe get treated the same as those in USA? VAGs initial story was it was because the 'cheat' was NO based not CO2 based and this is what is critical in Europe. Well now they are exposed as having crooked both!
Time for letters to MPs.

14 November 2016
Why would customers outside America receive the same level of compensation? Their cars haven't lost value. They're still going to pass emissions testing because this doesn't test for NOx. VW group cars produce much more NOx in the real world, a thing in which they're joined by those of just about every other maker, but as people still seem to be buying new diesels, whether by VW or anybody else I guess that not many are over-concerned about this.

14 November 2016
How much more must come out before Customers in Europe get treated the same as those in USA? VAGs initial story was it was because the 'cheat' was NO based not CO2 based and this is what is critical in Europe. Well now they are exposed as having crooked both!
Time for letters to MPs.

14 November 2016
I must admit I would not wish to use my own money to purchase one of these at present.Where will this scandal of fraud end?if you get one cheap on a pcp ok you would not be taking financial risk on the capital cost.But to put your own cash in to one is another matter, when JLR.Mercedes and BMW are all possibly better cars i.m.h.o.

14 November 2016
Yep like that one

TS7

14 November 2016
... not because I want to save the planet, but because it's a ****ing fast estate car.

14 November 2016
Those 1 or 2 software engineers they are trying to blame it on must have been very busy indeed.

25 December 2016
This whole dieselgate thing is just the USA trying to shaft a successful competitor. They do what is best for the good old USA . They did this to the original Comet jet airliner and again to Concord and have never made a trade teaty that did not benefit them. All autos I have driven over the last few years adjust to how you drive and have drive selection programes. This is yet more American bull. On arecent USA trip I was staggered by the number of huge truck/SUVs they all drive so talking about pollution when every rev puts 6 liters of crud into the air is just that Bull. Add the truck fleet into the equation and the whole thing is a joke and designed to shaft any opposition.

Lanman

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